Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome TUE details leaked online

Posted on: September 15th, 2016

Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins are the latest high-profile stars to have details of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) they are said to have availed of leaked online (Photo: Sirotti)


Tour de France-winning cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are the latest high-profile sport stars to be targeted by Russian hackers who have released details of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) the riders are said to have availed of.

Following the news earlier in the week that tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams had their TUE details leaked, there has now been a further leak involving up to five British athletes.

The story first broke on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency saw hacked documents released by a website known as Fancy Bears.

And in the documents were TUE details of a number of medal-winning Olympians from the US, Germany and Russia.

In this latest leak the cyber-spy website makes the assertion that Froome took a TUE for in May 2013 as well as April in 2014 for conditions he allegedly presented with.

The TUE in these cases was approved by a staff member at the UCI, the sport’s governing body.

The TUEs are believed to have helped Froome with breathing as well as autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

According to the leak, he took prednisolone in March 2013 and again in April 2014.

Wiggins is said by the leaked documents to have had a number of exemptions to take salbutamol, a medication that opens the airways in the lungs.

The leak says he availed of a total of six TUEs from 2008 to 2013. The documents relating to Wiggins suggest he suffers from a lifelong pollen allergy.

He is said to have availed of three TUEs for Salbutamol in 2008 and one in the same year for Formoterol and Budesonide – in puffs and inhalation form.

And in June of 2011, June 2012 and April 2013 he is said to have availed of a TUE for Triamcinolone acetonide, which is used to treat skin conditions.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed “a Russian cyber espionage group operator by the name of Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear” illegally gained access to WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database via an International Olympic Committee (IOC) created account for the Rio 2016 Games.

It added the group accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data and subsequently released some of the data in the public domain, accompanied by the threat that they will release more.

WADA believes access to its ADAMS system was obtained through spear phishing of email accounts.

ADAMS passwords were obtained enabling access to ADAMS account information confined to the Rio 2016 Games. At present, it had no reason to believe that other ADAMS data has been compromised.

“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act,” said Olivier Niggli, director general of WADA.

“We are reaching out to stakeholders, such as the IOC, IFs and NADOs, regarding the specific athletes impacted,” he continued.

“WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system.

“WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russia.”

The agency believes the attack is linked to the investigation of drug taking and the cover up of positive tests by Russia.